4 Ways to Take Care of Your Skin Post Cold

Magen’s Bay, St. Thomas, USVI

There’s nothing like a long tropical vacation in the middle of winter to refresh your body, mind and soul! I’ve learned personally however that there’s a downside for those of us that return to cold winter temperatures after the glory of basking in the Caribbean sun for a week.

I wasn’t home a full 24 hours before I came down with a terrible cold that I couldn’t seem to shake. A cold that would wreak havoc on my body and my skin.

We all know how to care for ourselves so we can quickly (hopefully) bounce back from a cold. Buy soft, velvety tissues, Nyquil, DayQuil, cough drops, etc., but we seem to forget that our skin also needs a little extra tlc.

When we’re sick with a cold or flu, our skin begins to dehydrate, so, if  you’ve come down with that nasty, winter cold, Here are a few tips to nurse your skin back to health.

Skip the Hot Shower

Nothing clears up your stuffy head like a hot, steamy shower, right? Problem is, hot water is very drying to your skin. But, if turning on the heat is a must for you, limit your shower time to no more than 10 minutes to give your skin a break.

Ditch the Alcohol

And I’m not talking about the kind you drink, although it’s not any better for you skin.

Try to stay away from alcohol-based hand sanitizers and soaps when you’re sick to keep your ski from drying out even further.

Moisturize Throughout the Day

When you’re sick, you wash your hands more often to keep germs away, but, that also dries out your skin. Get in the habit of keeping a hand cream next to the skin so you can reach for it immediately after washing your hands.

Drink Water Like a Boss

It goes without saying, right? But, it’s hard to remember, especially if you’re battling the flu and you’re adding Gatorade to the mix. You can keep your skin happy, healthy and hydrated when you alternate between Gatorade and water.

Today’s takeaway? If you do get sick this winter (and here’s hoping you don’t), don’t forget to take care of yourself and your skin.

What do you do to nurse your skin back to health when you’re sick? Share your tips in the comments below.

 

 

It’s getting cold out there. Are you layering?

Fall skin

If you live in the States you’re probably switching out your summer clothes (or at least thinking about it) for fall and winter. I shudder at the thought this year with our move from Florida to Michigan. I’m seriously gonna miss my flip flops!

As much as I love this time of year, I find it rather frustrating to plan what I’m going to wear because the temperature can change drastically from day to day, and sometimes even hour to hour. That’s why it makes more sense to layer your clothes instead of reaching for that wool sweater right off the bat.

So what does this have to do with your skin?

When the seasons change, the needs of your skin can change too. You’re gonna find the moisturizer you used last summer just isn’t cutting it anymore. Why?

If you spend a lot of time outdoors this time of year, your skin will become drier because it’s exposed to the cold and wind. And if you spend most of it indoors with the heat running like I do, your skin will dry out because turning the heat on removes moisture from the air and your skin. 

And, here’s where the layering comes in.

If you find your skin feeling a little tighter than usual after using your moisturizer, you’ll know it’s getting drier. Before switching completely to a new moisturizer, try using a facial serum like KmS Skin Essentials Advanced Time Rewind underneath your moisturizer both morning and night. The Panthenol (Vitamin B-5) ingredient in this serum is moisture binding, and keeps your skin plump and hydrated.   

If you find your skin still needs a little more moisture, try layering the serum with a moisturizer containing extra emollients like KmS Skin Essentials Essential Moisturizer before going to bed. It’s concentrated with Vitamin E, Grapeseed and Organic Jojoba Oil that completely nourishes and protects dry, parched skin. 

Dry skin tip: If you notice your mineral foundation looks a little drier than normal after layering with serum and moisturizer, try using KmS Mineral Essentials Select Botanical Foundation. Our customers with dry, aging skin love it’s soothing, moisturizing formula that locks precious moisture in place.

How do you switch up your routine when it starts to get cold outside? Please share in the comments below.